Jan 01

Senior Takes Fourth Trip to State


For the 11th consecutive year, Holy Family will send at least one runner to the State Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, demonstrating the strength of the cross country program over the last decade. In large part, that consistency has been the result of underclassmen stepping up to replace a talented graduating class, and this year was no different. Having lost Allie Bodin and Maria Eastman to graduation, the team looked to seniors Kendra Franck and Abby Ernst for leadership, in addition to key contributions from other runners like freshman Abbey Fink and sophomore Ellie Marschall.

The Section 4A meet took place at Battle Creek on Thursday, October 27th. The Fire took on a strong field, including two top-10 ranked teams in Minnehaha Academy and Trinity School. To qualify for the state meet, the team would need to finish in one of the top 2 places. Unfortunately the team came up short by the narrowest of margins, finishing 3rd by only 2 points behind Minnehaha and Trinity, respectively.

This strong team effort came courtesy of a 4th place finish by Kendra Franck (20:09), a 20th place finish from freshman Abbey Fink (20:52), a 24th place finish from Ellie Marshall (21:07), a 27th place finish from Abby Ernst (21:17), and a 29th place finish by Megan Beulke (21:25).

Franck’s impressive 4th place finish earned her a place in the state meet for the 4th consecutive year.
Reflecting on the season, Kendra said, “This fall, our team got way closer and we did a lot of team bonding. We worked really hard this and it was so sad to see us miss the state qualifying places by two points.”

Kendra will run at St. Olaf college on Saturday, November 5.

This article originally appeared in the school online newspaper, The Phoenix, on November 1. Staff writer: Grace Lund Click here to see more stories from The Phoenix writers.

Jan 01

Alum Will Arrett’12 returns to speak to AP Bio Students


Science teacher Mr. Dwyer regularly brings Holy Family alumni back to speak with students about the connection between the material they are learning today and the possibilities of tomorrow. This week’s guest was Holy Family alumnus Will Arrett ’12. Will, a May 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy.

During his presentation, Will shared how he came to change his major from engineering to conservation biology. He then described research he was involved with while studying abroad, including projects with the Leaf Cutter ant in the Amazon Rainforest, sea turtles near the Galapagos Islands, and monitoring of illegal shark finning at the local fish market in Ecuador. Using terminology and information correlating to his listeners’ AP Bio classes, he explained these projects, the research team’s hypotheses, and the eventual outcomes and conclusions. He also shared the variety of careers available to individuals who choose to major in Conservation Biology.

At the end of the month, Will leaves for Southeast Asia. He will visits several countries before spending the final days of his trip working with TRACC Marine Conservation Program (Tropical Research and Conservation Centre) off Pom Pom Island near Borneo, Malaysia. He will plant coral reef as part of TRACC’s reef conservation program. An adventurer at heart, he will then leave Southeast Asia for a research stay at a preserve in South Africa.

Will’s plan in the “semi-distant” future is to return to school to complete a master’s degree in tropical biology or marine ecology and, perhaps, return to Ecuador to do further research.

Before closing his presentation, Will took a moment to invoke his philosophy background to share a little brotherly advice: “First, find something you love to do and GO DO IT! Second, don’t chase the money; if you are doing what you love to do, it will find you. And, finally, study abroad- it will change your life.”

Jan 01

Tennis team state bound for third consecutive year


Emma Terris and Alexis Pricco
October 17, 2016
After a challenging regular season in which the girls tennis team accumulated just fours wins out of twelve matches, the team strung together a series of succesful matches at the perfect time and will be going to state for the third consecutive year.
The team hoped to be seeded second or third heading into sections, but surprisingly ended up with the top seed. When asked about being the favorite in the section, captain Libby Moakley said, “I was surprised at first, but it made sense due to the high level of competition in our conference.” Seven out of the team’s eight losses during the season were to 2AA schools.

The girls played Southwest Christian in the first round of sections, and won 6-1. After this victory, the team advanced to the semifinals at Gustavus Adolphus College. There they played Sibley East, again winning 6-1. Moving to the team finals, the girls competed against St. Peter for the second year in a row. Holy Family won 5-2 to clinch their third consecutive trip to the state meet.

“I am beyond excited about going to state. It means so much to not only the team, but also to the whole Holy Family tennis program” said Libby. Heading to the Reed Sweat Tennis Center, the team will play Foley in the first round on Tuesday, October 25th.

Currently finishing up at Gustavus are the section individuals. The athletes still competing are first singles Sophie Lynch and first doubles Libby Moakley and Lindsey Harris. Sophie Lynch, seeded first for singles, will play in the semifinals against Belle Plaine on Monday. Along with her, the first doubles team, seeded second, will play St. Peter. Good luck to all girls tennis players as they prepare for STATE!

UPDATE: October 18. Libby Moakley and Lindsey Harris finished with a “true second” place finish and Sophie Lynch finished earned a second place medal. Libby and Lindsey will compete in the Class A Doubles Tennis State Tournament and Sophie will compete in the Class A Singles Tennis Tournament.

Jan 01

Four Students Receive National Merit Recognition


Two Holy Family Catholic High School seniors, Jacob Brekke and Tim Zeien, have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Competition. They were selected based on test scores from the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit® Scholarship Qualifying Test and represent less than one percent of seniors in the United States.

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.

Two Holy Family Catholic High School seniors, Evan Epple and Dominic Peichel, have been recognized as commended students in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named by a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Including this year’s recipients, sixteen Holy Family students have received National Merit® recognition in the past four years alone- six National Merit® Finalists and 10 National Merit Commended® Students.

Jan 01

Tennis team starts season with back to back victories


Emma Terris and Alexis Pricco
September 6, 2016

As the tennis season begins, the team has large shoes to fill. The previous coach, Jack Roach, arrived in 2012 and began to reenergize the girls tennis program. Jack worked tirelessly with the players and during the 2014 season his efforts paid off when the team won the Class A State Tennis Tournament. The following year, they made it back to the State Tournament once again.

Now, as the 2016 season takes off, the team is expected to have another great season. The new coach of the girls team is TJ Garin, who was previously the assistant to Jack Roach and also coaches the girls hockey team and boys tennis team at Holy Family.

TJ has great expectations for the team this fall, along with the new assistant coach, Amy Dean. “As a new coach to Holy Family, I am so excited to see the energy this team brings to the courts everyday. I am looking forward to a fun and successful season,” said Amy. Senior captains Libby Moakley and Mary Seifert are also excited to help lead the girls this season.

The team started the season against Providence Academy on a good note, winning their first match 4-3. First doubles player Lindsey Harris remarked on her match, “Our final match score was closer than expected, which means we need to cut down on unforced errors and keep the ball in the court. If we can make these changes, we will have a successful and exciting season.”

The second match of the season was on the refurnished home courts at Holy Family against Glencoe-Silver Lake. The Fire won 6-1, christening the courts with a victory.

The girls tennis team has endured many changes from last year. With the loss of four seniors, coaches TJ Garin and Amy were confronted with many decisions regarding the lineup this year. One notable change includes junior Sophie Lynch moving up to play first singles, after playing second singles last fall.

After the second match Sophie remarked, “I think our match against Glencoe really showed the improvement we have made as a team this season. I am very excited about playing one singles this year! I really have looked up to the girls that have played one singles, they have taught me to relax and have fun out on the court as well as fight hard to represent our school well!”
With a new team, new coaches, and new courts, the tennis team has a a high bar to meet and great expectations to fulfill. Many fans are interested to see how the 2016 season will turn out. But, if there is one thing to be sure of, it is that the girls are ready to play and give their best effort to make a reappearance back at the State Tournament for the third year in a row.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/

Jan 01

Soccer teams start conference play on the right foot


Marissa Endres, hfphoenix.com

The fall sports season is in full swing and both the boys and girls soccer teams are off to a strong start. Each team is currently 1-0 in conference play and the chance for a successful season looks promising.

The boys team won their first conference game on Thursday night at home against Delano, 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by sophomore Luke Pucklich.

The boys team this year will be led by captains Trey Cavello, Josh Mohling, Connor Fowler, and Ian Dosedel. Because the team graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad, the captains will need to work hard to get the younger players caught up to speed.

After talking with captain Trey Cavello, it seems as though the team is already very close. He said, “I’m looking forward to a fun season with a bunch of awesome guys. I’m also looking forward to continuing to grow as a team.”

The team is aiming high regarding expectations. Trey added, “Going to state is something every team wants to accomplish.”

The girls team also won their first conference game against Delano on Thursday by a score of 4-1. Samm Dalsin, Reyana Schaffer, Gracie Lund, and Grace Murphy all contributed goals.

The girls team graduated only three seniors last year, making the transition into this season a bit easier. Stepping in to replace those graduates are Olivia Russo (junior), Grace Murphy (sophomore), Caitlin Rock (freshman), and Reyana Schaffer (8th grader).

Captain Samm Dalsin has a lot of confidence in the newcomers, saying, “These new players have all been really great additions to the team and should help us out a lot this year.”

Similar to the boys team, the girls also seems to be a very close group. “I’m just looking forward to all the fun we will have this year,” said Samm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/

Jan 01

Bringing Summer Learning to the Classroom


In July, Holy Family Catholic High School Spanish teacher and Fire For Life Club advisor, Mrs. Karen Kidrowski, completed the final year of a three-year Lasallian education and formation program through Buttimer Institute for Lasallian Studies. Located on the campus of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is an intensive Lasallian education and formation program that studies the life and work of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the origins of the Lasallian educational mission.

Participants attend the institute from all over the world for three consecutive summers, in two-week durations, and complete three courses of study: The Founding Story, St. John the Baptist De La Salle’s Educational Vision, and St. John the Baptist De LaSalle’s Spiritual Vision.

Completion of the program requires enrollment in a practicum addressing the needs of the Lasallian Educational Community. Mrs. Kidrowski’s practicum focused on completing work for the International Young Lasallians located in Rome and networking with other teachers to generate ideas for classroom use.

Mrs. Kidrowski’s personal goal in attending the institute aligned well with the mission of the program. She stated, “My goal was to learn more about what it means to be a Lasallian educator and bring the mission and philosophy back into my classroom.”

Theology instructors Mr. Doug Bosch, Mrs. Lynnae Bosch and Mr. Andy Witchger have also completed Buttimer Institute’s Lasallian Formation Program.

Holy Family Catholic High School is a Catholic high school grounded in the Lasallian tradition. Lasallian Education centers on Catholic values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, faith formation, inclusion, respect for the individual, service, and social justice. A Lasallian Education strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development.

Jan 01

Garden Project Supports Local Food Shelf


Holy Family Catholic High School’s Garden Project has delivered almost 80 pounds of produce to the Bountiful Baskets food shelf in Chaska this summer. In its third year, early estimates point to a bumper crop for the 2016 harvest which appears likely to outpace last year’s donation total of 110 pounds of produce.

Long before the warm growing season arrives, project advisor and science teacher Jim Walker starts the plants in the south-facing windows of his classroom. The plants are moved to the school greenhouse in April to grow in preparation for spring planting. After soil temperatures reach appropriate temperatures, student volunteers help transplant the starter plants to the garden’s raised beds. Plants are kept pest-free without the use of chemical pesticides and weeds are kept at bay with straw mulch and willing summer volunteers.

Harvest dates are intentionally staggered to provide produce to the food shelf after donations of vegetable varieties from home gardens may have ended. The hope is to keep a manageable and wide variety of produce available at the food shelf throughout the summer months.

This fall, a small apple orchard will be added near the garden in honor of long-time employee, Mary Stenerson, who relocated to Detroit Lakes. When the trees bear fruit in approximately 2-3 years, the garden project volunteers will have fruit to share, as well.

Jan 01

New Parent Reception


Welcome to the Family! The start of the 2016-2017 school year is just weeks away. For parents new to Holy Family, it is also the beginning of a new chapter. Please join us on August 15 for a welcome reception and informational program from our administrators and staff. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. to meet and mingle with other parents. The informational program starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception with light refreshments and lots of friendly faces to answer any lingering questions. Current parents with incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend. See you there!

Jan 01

Joy! A concert to remember.


Holy Family history was made recently, when the first concert ever to be performed in the new Center for the Arts, gave every attendant a little more Christmas spirit. The Christmas concert was titled “Joy! A Holy Family Christmas.” A fitting title, encompassing all of the band and choir song selections. Deciding who should open the concert was a matter of debate. Instead of choosing, Ms. Brown the Vocal Music Director, along with Mrs. Boillat the Instrumental Music Director, decided to christen the Performing Arts Center together